Sports & Betting

  • March 08, 2024

    League Of Legends Maker Facing $1B Suit Over FTX Promos

    League of Legends video-game maker Riot Games has been hit with a potential billion-dollar class action accusing the company of fraud and conspiracy for its alleged role in helping deceive investors of the collapsed FTX cryptocurrency exchange platform.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kaiser Doesn't Want To Underwrite Seattle Soccer Site

    Kaiser Foundation Health Plan says a real estate company is trying to make the health insurer "a de facto financier" of a massive development plan that includes a Seattle Sounders FC soccer training facility, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

  • March 08, 2024

    School Can't Halt Basketball Championship Over Disputed Call

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Friday denied a local school board's emergency request to halt a high school championship basketball on Saturday, holding that the state's interscholastic athletic association's regulations do not allow for the appeal of a game official's call.

  • March 08, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dartmouth Union, Iowa Betting Case Folds

    In this week's Off The Bench, Dartmouth College men's basketball players vote to unionize over the school's objections, a probe into Iowa State University athletes' gambling activities fizzles amid warrantless search allegations, and a Wimbledon champion gets her doping suspension reduced. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 08, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Seeks Leniency For $22M Theft

    A former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee who pled guilty to embezzling $22 million from the team over a three-year period made a remorseful request to a Florida federal judge for a sentence that does not include prison time.

  • March 08, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, Latham

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Viavi acquires Spirent, Cadence Design Systems purchases Beta Cae Systems International, and United Rentals buys Yak.

  • March 07, 2024

    Petition Watch: Student Athletes, Oil Spills & Preemption

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed: questions over whether student athletes have a business interest in being eligible to play college sports, how much oil is needed to qualify as an oil spill, whether an exemption to the Fourth Amendment applies to artificial intelligence and whether consumers can sue drug companies under state law for violating federal regulations.

  • March 07, 2024

    Atlanta Stadium Not Liable For Football Brawl, Ga. Court Says

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a trial court's ruling that Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium can't be held liable for injuries a woman sustained in a brawl at a 2017 college football game, but said the men she fought with will have to face her assault and battery claims.

  • March 07, 2024

    USA Swimming Wants Watchdog Org To Pay For Probe Case

    USA Swimming filed a lawsuit in Colorado state court Thursday against a sports nonprofit seeking indemnification for a Washington lawsuit over allegedly false sexual misconduct accusations against a minor swimmer, arguing that the nonprofit should have to pay for the litigation because it bungled an investigation into the misconduct allegations.

  • March 07, 2024

    11th Circ. Told Workers Unfairly Paid With Reduced Golf Rates

    Three men who were classified as volunteers at a Florida for-profit municipal golf course urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to reverse a lower court decision dismissing their lawsuit alleging they were denied fair wages after only being compensated with discounted fees on rounds of golf, saying they should get the chance to prove they were employees.

  • March 07, 2024

    Penn State Suit Sets Off Debate Over Trademarks' Function

    The Pennsylvania State University and sports apparel retailer Vintage Brand are locked in a legal battle that could force courts to reexamine how trademarks function in merchandise licensing and potentially make it harder to prevail on counterfeiting claims, according to attorneys.

  • March 07, 2024

    Nike, Others Score Win In 'Ballin' Campaign TM Suit

    A Texas federal judge has officially thrown out a graphic designer's trademark infringement suit against companies like Nike Inc., agreeing with a magistrate judge's decision that found his use of the mark "ballin" was minor.

  • March 07, 2024

    Va. Senate Leaves Proposed NBA, NHL Arena Out Of Budget

    The plan to build a $2 billion sports and entertainment complex to house the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals in the northern Virginia suburbs was derailed on Thursday, when it was left out of the upcoming budget approved by the state Senate's Finance and Appropriations Committee, leaving questions about if or when the project will be revived.

  • March 07, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Reddit, Cisco, LeBron James-PGA Tour

    Reddit's IPO could fetch a $6.5 billion valuation, European antitrust regulators are likely to approve Cisco's $28 billion acquisition of cybersecurity firm Plunk, and LeBron James is among parties interested in investing up to $3 billion combined to support the PGA Tour. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Want 7 Years For Jaguars Worker Who Stole $22M

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida judge Thursday to sentence a former employee of the Jacksonville Jaguars to seven years in prison because he "betrayed" the football team when he embezzled $22 million to "live in the fast lane."

  • March 07, 2024

    Robinhood Teams With Rich Paul, Klutch To Expand To Sports

    Robinhood is partnering with Klutch Sports Group to help it extend its reach into sports, entertainment and media, with Klutch founder and CEO Rich Paul as its strategic brand adviser, the financial investment app announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Bike Parts Co. Faces Sanctions Threat Over Court Shopping Bid

    A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday threatened to sanction a bike parts manufacturer after it attempted to relocate a patent infringement lawsuit to California, an effort the court said was based on "silence and selective speech" about its corporate ties to the Peach State.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Northeastern Coach Gets 5 Years In Nude Photo Ploy

    A former Northeastern University track and field coach was sentenced by a federal judge to five years in prison Wednesday for a series of schemes to trick young women into providing him with nude or semi-nude photos that he used for his own gratification and shared for clout in online forums that traded in surreptitiously-obtained images.

  • March 06, 2024

    Varsity Brands Can't Nix Expert's Testimony In Cheer Suit

    Cheerleading supply company Varsity Brands won't be able to completely block the expert report of an economist hired by parents who have accused the company of working with others to raise the price of participating in competitive cheerleading, the Tennessee federal judge overseeing the case ruled Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Federal Lawmakers Want To Protect 172 Acres For Calif. Tribe

    Legislation introduced by two U.S. senators would place 172 acres into trust for a California tribe in an effort to bring its members back to its reservation where they can develop a permanent home.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feb. 2025 Trial Set In $1B Ronaldo Binance Promo Suit

    A Florida federal judge has set a February 2025 trial date and other pre-trial details for the proposed class action against soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo related to his role in promoting embattled crypto platform Binance.com, following the failure of the parties to file their joint scheduling reports.

  • March 06, 2024

    USA Swimming Can't Avoid Botched Probe Suit, Parent Says

    A parent criticized USA Swimming for trying to dodge liability in a lawsuit saying her young son was vilified and humiliated by false sexual misconduct allegations, arguing the national swimming governing body can't claim immunity because another organization investigated the allegations.

  • March 06, 2024

    Antisemitism Org. Slams Ex-Hockey Player's Defamation Suit

    An antisemitism watchdog group has said it should not have to face a former University of Michigan hockey player's defamation suit for calling him antisemitic after the student was caught spray-painting offensive graffiti in front of the campus' Jewish cultural center, arguing the group's speech is protected by the First Amendment.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sports Illustrated Betting Platform To Be Shut Down

    The turmoil at Sports Illustrated continued Wednesday as its partner 888 Holdings PLC announced that it was terminating its sportsbook agreement with the brand's parent company, saying the scale of operating costs in the United States has made the venture untenable.

Expert Analysis

  • For Tribes, Online Gambling May Soon Be A Safe Bet

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to the Indian Gaming Regulation Act would expressly allow tribes to execute compacts with states that enable online gambling and sports betting activities, strengthening tribes' ability to position themselves in the gambling industry despite protests from casino operators, says Blair Will at Hall Estill.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Will Spur Challenges To No-Action Letters

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent Clarke v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission decision that withdrawing no-action letters constitutes a final agency action subject to judicial review means federal agencies should expect more challenges to the practice, which has been criticized for failing to provide clear standards and enabling agencies to change course abruptly, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • NC Sports Betting Law May Bring New Blockchain Frontier

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    North Carolina's new law that allows online and retail betting on professional, college and esports sports events has provided the blockchain industry with an opportunity to prove that its technology is better than that of traditional financial systems by listing cryptocurrencies as an accepted asset to wager, says Samir Patel at Holland & Knight.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • The Court's Likely Game Plan For TM Suit Against LIV Golf

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    Joseph Walsh at Harness IP examines the key factors a New Jersey district court will likely consider in the trademark infringement suit Cool Brands v. LIV Golf, including the strength of the plaintiff's mark, whether the mark was adopted to intentionally compete and relative pricing of each product sold under their respective brands.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Tools To Fight Delay From Arbitrability Appeals After Coinbase

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Coinbase v. Bielski decision mentioned a series of procedural tools litigants facing an automatic stay due to a Section 16(a) appeal can use to mitigate resulting harms and costs from the delay, and counsel should weigh the potential benefits and risks of these options, say Glenn Chappell and Spencer Hughes at Tycko & Zavareei.

  • Senate Hearing Highlights Antitrust Hazards In PGA-LIV Deal

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    The U.S. Senate's recent questioning of PGA Tour COO Ron Price on the proposed deal with LIV Golf and its release of a dossier of framework agreements covered a variety of issues that could exacerbate antitrust concerns, including the predatory purchasing theory of competitive harm, free-riding and alternate funding, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Perspectives

    Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Employer Pointers From Tiger Woods' Legal Dispute With Ex

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    Ex-girlfriend Erica Herman's sexual harassment suit against Tiger Woods, which was recently sent to arbitration, highlights the need for employers to understand their rights and responsibilities around workplace relationships, nondisclosure agreements and arbitration provisions, say Stephanie Reynolds and Sean McKaveney at Fisher Phillips.

  • Why Seminole Tribe Sports Betting Ruling Is A Net Positive

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    The D.C. Circuit Court’s recent ruling that a gambling compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe is lawful even though it allows for online sports betting expands the tribe's offerings while maintaining exclusivity and is a win for individuals who wish to legally wager on sports within Florida, says Daniel McGinn at Dean Mead.

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